Mary Evans

On her father's side, Mary Evans is an 8th generation Hoosier. When she grew up and moved East to attend Barnard College, she had a part-time job working at Columbia University's M.F.A. program. While there, she got a glimmer of the game of publishing and she knew she wanted to devote her professional life proving that the pen is mightier than the sword. Post college, she started her own career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. After a little over a year, she went to a position at The Viking Press. While there her Irish-Catholic mother stopped asking her to go to law school and reveled in any account of her daughter occasionally working alongside Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who had just started her own career in publishing. After leaving Viking and working at a literary agency for seventeen years, she opened her eponymous agency on May 1, 1994. Her interests include great literature and non-fiction which describes or reveals worlds formerly unknown or obscure. She is particularly interested in progressive politics, alternative medicine, science and technology for the lay reader, social commentary, American history and culture--anything which is a great read!

Leslie Meredith

Leslie Meredith worked for many years as a book editor, most recently for fifteen years at imprints of Simon & Schuster. She began in publishing with an internship at The University of Pittsburgh Press and worked as a senior editor at McGraw-Hill, Bantam, and Ballantine, and as editorial director at Harmony/Crown.

Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, she spent time reading in the beautiful Carnegie Library of Homestead and exploring the Pennsylvania woods. She shared a love of birds, Daphne du Maurier, Rachel Carson, and Lewis Thomas with her mother, an epidemiologist, and a love of history and John Le Carré with her father, an academic dean of military academies and retired Commander in the Naval Reserves.

After graduating from The Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Leslie studied piano at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, before finishing her education at Swarthmore College, graduating with a BA in English Literature.

Over her decades as a book editor, Leslie edited bestsellers by Sy Montgomery, Lawrence Krauss, Jean Twenge, Ben Mezrich, Stacey O’Brien, Mark Obmascik, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Patricia McConnell, Stephen Jay Gould, Christiane Northrup, Caroline Myss, Jack Kornfield, and Thich Nhat Hanh. She is interested in new voices in memoir; in science, psychology, health, nature, and animals; and in spirituality and mind-body-spirit practices.